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Anna Painelli got the Laurea Degrees in Chemistry at the University of Padova in 1982, magna cum laude, and was awarded the S.Bezzi medal as the best graduate student in Chemistry. In 1986 Painelli obtained the Ph.D degree in Chemistry (Chemical Physics curriculum) for reasearch work done in the Department of Chemical Physics of the University of Padova. In 1988-1991 Painelli worked as a researcher at the Centro di Studio sugli Stati Molecolari Radicalici ed Eccitati del CNR in Padova. In 1991 Painelli moved in Parma, as researcher at the Dipartimento di Chimica GIAF of the local University. In 2000-2005 she is Associate Professor of Chemical Physics at the same University, where, since 2005 she works as Professor of Chemical Physics.

Since 1995 Painelli serves as teacher at the Faculty of Science (University of Parma) for the Laurea degrees in Chemistry as well as in Material Science. She had several undergradued students and 5 PhD students.

Painelli is a teacher of PhD Course in Science and Tecnology of Innovative Materials of the Parma University since 2001, and since 2007 she coordinates the same Course.

Painelli was Scientific Responsible of the Research Unit of Parma in the scientific projects of the Italian Ministry of University and Research PRIN2001 ( Charge transfer in functional molecular materials as a source of non-linearity: a joined theoretical and spectroscopic study) and PRIN2004 (Supramolecular interactions in molecular functional materials), and was scientific coordinator of PRIN2006 project titled: Chromophores in organic and hybrid nanostructures: supramolecular engineering of photonic properties.

Painelli was the Italian responsible for the project Galileo2007 for a collaboration with M. Blanchard-Desce (Rennes, FR): Nanoscopic organic structures: experimental and theoretical investigations of innovative organic and hybrid systems. She participated to the European Network of Excellence MAGMAnet, and coordinated for the Italian part the Executive Program of Scientific and Technological cooperation between the Italian Republic and the Republic of India 2008 – 2010, on the topic: Designing novel photosystems for enhanced charge transfer efficiency: a detailed theoretical modelling.

The Indo-Italian cooperation project has been renewed for the years 2012-2014 with the title: From Small Molecules to Advanced Molecular Materials: Transport and Transfer Properties.

Painelli coordinates the Marie Curie Initial Training Networks (ITN) project FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN-607721 Nano2Fun: Nanochemistry of molecular materials for 2-photon functional applications, funded by the EU-Commission to a network including 16 laboratories distributed in Europe, US and India.

Painelli serves as expert-evaluator for the European Commission, project reviewer for several European Countries, including Italian Ministry of University and Research. She serves as referee for many scientific journals, including Journals published by the American Physical Society,the American Physical Society, the Royal Society of Chemistry and Elsevier.

In 2002-2007 Painelli was member of the Editorial Board of Physical Review B.

Painelli authored almost 130 papers on peer-reviewed international journals and book-chapters. The 123 papers listed on the ISI web site received 1991 citations with 16.19 citation per paper and h-index 27 (from ISI web of knowledge, 5 June 2013). Painelli presented more than 130 contributions to national and international confererences and presented about 30 seminars upon invitation.

The scientific activity of Painelli in the field of modern chemical physics of molecular functional materials is mainly devoted to theoretical modelization and optical spectroscopy.

Schematically, the research activity of Painelli focused on the following main themes, with strong mutual interconnections:

1.electron-vibration coupling in charge-transfer molecular crystals

2.electronic structure models for strongly correlated electrons (Hubbard models) and organic superconductors

3.electron-vibration coupling in conjugated polymers

4.electron-vibration-coupling in spin-crossover systems

5. transport in molecular junctions

6.the neutral-ionic phase transition in charge-transfer molecular crystals: electronic structure models and numerical calculations based on the diagrammatic valence bond technique, electron-phonon coupling, phase diagrams, multistability, polarization and polarizability, dielectric anomaly, soft-modes and diffuse X-ray scattering.

7.Theoretical models and spectroscopic characterization of functional molecular materials: pi-conjugated chromophores with electron donor and acceptor groups with polar (DA) and multibranched (DAD, DA3,...) structure. Electron-vibration coupling (also relaxing the adiabatic approximation) and solvation effects in electronic (absorption and fluorescence) spectra, in vibrational (infrared and Raman) spectra and in optical and spectroscopic linear and non-linear responses. Electroabsorption spectra. Symmetry-breaking and anomalous solvatochromism of multibranched chromophores.

8.Bottom-up models of molecular materials: electrostatic intermolecular interactions in multichromophoric assemblies and films. Analysis of several experimental systems and prediction of collective and cooperative phenomena: bistability and multielectron transfer

9.Bistability in molecular crystals.

The research work is done also thanks to several international collaborations. Among others a long lasting collaboration with Zoltàn G. Soos (Princeton University) resulted in more than 20 papers. Other recent and promising collaborations are mentioned with Jaume Veciana (Barcellona), Mireille Blanchard-Desce (Rennes), Swapan Pati (Bangalore), Wim Wenseleers (Antwerp), Olga Przhonska (Kiev).

Completion accademic year: 2019/2020

Completion accademic year: 2018/2019

Completion accademic year: 2017/2018

Completion accademic year: 2016/2017

Completion accademic year: 2015/2016

Completion accademic year: 2014/2015

Completion accademic year: 2013/2014


  • Second cycle degree CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2019/2020
  • Second cycle degree CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2018/2019
  • Second cycle degree CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2017/2018
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2016/2017
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2015/2016
  • First cycle degree (DM 270) CHEMISTRY A.Y. 2014/2015

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